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Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania – African swine fever is spreading

After Brandenburg and Saxony, the dreaded African swine fever (ASP) has now reached Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania.

The national reference laboratory – the Friedrich Loeffler Institute (FLI) – detected the animal disease in samples on Monday, the Federal Ministry of Agriculture announced on Monday evening. The ASP appeared for the first time in a domestic pig population in Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania. So far, according to the information, there have been no cases in the state, not even with wild boars.

The State Ministry of Agriculture had previously announced that several animals had died in a pig fattening facility with several thousand animals in the Rostock district, and a test had suggested that they might have been infected with the ASF pathogen.

According to the information, the responsible authority on site must now order that all animals in the herd are killed and harmlessly disposed of. According to the Federal Ministry, the FLI will also investigate the cause “of the pathogen’s pathway into the herd”.

Agriculture Minister Till Backhaus (SPD) wants to provide information on details and possible consequences for pig farmers in the northeast at a press conference in Schwerin on Tuesday. There could be further restrictions on the export of pork.

The prices for pork are already in the basement. After the first ASF cases in Germany, exports to important sales markets in Asia collapsed abruptly – for pork from all over Germany. It was agreed with some states that the import ban only applies to meat from the affected German regions.

According to the Federal Ministry of Agriculture, ASF cases previously occurred in wild and domestic pigs in Brandenburg and in wild boars in Saxony. A first case in a wild boar in Germany was confirmed in September 2020. African swine fever is a viral infection that is usually fatal for wild and domestic pigs. The illness is not dangerous for humans.

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